Programme

Walks Programme

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We are still looking for more members to lead walks, both long and short distances. Any of the experienced walk leaders will be happy to give you help if you need a little confidence to get started.

All walks have a short break, the longer walks a short break plus up to half an hour for lunch. The average pace of the medium walks is 2 miles per hour and the long 2.5 to 3 miles per hour but this can vary with the terrain and at the discretion of the leader. The longer walks tend to be faster paced than the shorter ones.

We would like to encourage more people to car share and some of the walks accommodate this by suggesting meeting up at a specific point. Also consider contacting people who live near you to arrange a lift.

For those walkers who like to use public transport please note that if 3 (up to 9) people travel together on a train they may be eligible for a group discount. For "bus" walks contact the walk leader to confirm bus times. Also please check bus shelter for alterations to schedules.

Incidents on walks

Groups are invited to note the following recommendations:

  • The leader and back marker should always carry a map so that the emergency services can be given accurate directions in the event of an incident.
  • Ensure that the back marker can contact the leader in the event of an incident. It will also be helpful if the leader has an emergency first aid kit in case of trips.

Leaders' mobile phone numbers are given on the contacts page if you have any further queries. You can also click on the leader's name in the programme below to see their mobile phone number (if it is available). Further contact details, such as landline numbers, are available in the printed and emailed versions of the programme.

If you intend to join a walk in extreme weather conditions, please check with the leader before setting out, to save an unnecessary journey.

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July 2017 Return to top
Sun 02 Jul
1000
Walks with the Bristol Ramblers Three walks have been arranged for our guests: 15 miles led by Keith Toogood; 12 miles led by Paul Townson; 7/8 miles led by Chris Bintcliffe. We hope that there will be a good turnout from Mid Berks to welcome our fellow Ramblers. Meet at Henley Town Hall. GR .
Sun 02 Jul
1030
3miles Margaret Marshall STROLL- A gentle amble from Greys Court. Meet in the National Trust car park but non members can park on the road by the public path in Rocky Lane and either wait there or stroll towards the entrance. GR .
Thu 06 Jul
1030
5miles Joan Wheeler An easy ramble through quiet fields and hamlets with distant views of the Downs. One noisy spot is Cheam School (which Prince Charles attended in 1958). Park in Cottismore Nurseries (RG20 4SY) off the A339 1.5 miles north of Kingsclere at Plastow Green. Refreshments afterwards in the 'CakeyPigg Tea room', serving delicious cakes and lunches. GR .
Sun 09 Jul
1030
11miles Jim Arnott Enjoy the panoramic views on this downland walk, West Kennet, Avebury and Wansdyke. Contact Jim for details to join this walk and arrange car sharing.
Sun 09 Jul
1030
5miles Jill Kendal A Shiplake walk taking in an old church, large mansions and the River Thames. Verge park on Memorial Avenue (but NOT in the War Memorial Hall car park). GR .
Sun 09 Jul
1030
3/4miles Monica Hills STROLL – Monica is waiting for a hip operation but would like to do a stroll if able. Please email:- , or telephone, near the time.
Tue 11 Jul
1830
2miles Jenni Aldridge EVENING walk and meal at "The Butt Inn" Aldermarston Wharf. GR . Please let Jenni know by Friday 7 July if you wish to eat. Please arrive in Time to pre order meal before the start of the walk.
Thu 13 Jul
1030
4/5miles Jean Hall A slightly undulating walk with scenic views around Woodcote. Meet at the Village Hall. GR .
Sun 16 Jul
1030
12miles Paul Townson The Chiltern Hills and Valleys in all their summer glory. Start from the Old Kiln Nettlebed. GR .
Sun 16 Jul
1030
4/5miles Chris and Rita Bintcliffe Starting from Cookham (where Stanley Spencer R.A. was born), the Strand and the river Thames. A walk on the flat with plenty of places for refreshments in the village on our return. Park at west end of The Moor, Cookham. GR .
Thu 20 Jul
1030
5/6miles Thelma & Paul Townson Enjoy the rich variety of wildlife on Bucklebury Common and the Pang Valley area. Start from the car park on the right side of the road, I mile west of Chapel Row. GR .
Sun 23 Jul
1000
7miles Marian Waters Our annual event welcoming the London Blind Rambling Club for a walk starting from Reading. From the centre of Reading, through the Forbury gardens and Abbey gateway to the Kennet, crossing the canal to continue along the Thames to Sonning and returning via the nature reserve and the Thames to Reading centre. The finish of the walk will end at a local hostelry for refreshment. Meet outside the south entrance of Reading Station, adjacent to the "Three Guineas" P.H.
Thu 27 Jul
1030
4.75miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A circular walk through undulating farmland from Ufton Nervet providing extensive views over and along the Kennet Valley. Start from the generous sized car park off Church Lane. GR . Turn right immediately after Ufton Nervet Church into Church Lane. Car park alongside school a short distance down lane.
Sun 30 Jul
1030
11miles Ali Melabie The walk from the village of Checkendon up to Grim's Ditch and back via English Farm and Stoke Row. Park and start near the Church at Checkendon giving consideration to worshippers at the church if there is a service that day. GR .
Sun 30 Jul
1030
4/5miles Jenni Aldridge An extra treat on this walk, Henwick, Cold Ash and West Thatcham. Stopping for tea and cake in Elmhurst Road. Park in Henwick Worthy Sports car park. GR .
August 2017 Return to top
Thu 03 Aug
1030
4/5miles Sonia Nash A Tilehurst walk along footpaths, through farm fields and old woods. Park in Littleheath Road alongside Turnhams Recreation Ground, or use bus number 33 to bus stop "footpath to Stratford". GR .
Sat 05 Aug
1000
Earley Green Fair
Sun 06 Aug
1030
10/11miles Marian Waters A lovely summer walk from Sonning Eye along the Thames to Henley weir and over the hills back to the start. Park in the back road off the mini roundabout at Sonning Eye. GR .
Sun 06 Aug
1030
7miles Jim Arnott A moderate walk with open countryside, woods and water in Sherfield and Wildmoor. Start from the car park in Sherfield on Loddon. GR .
Sun 06 Aug
1030
3/4miles Jean Hall Stroll. Start from Moor Copse Nature Reserve car park on the A340 Tidmarsh Road, 0.25 miles south of Tidmarsh. Turn left into unmarked track just north of the bridge going over M4. Shown on the map as Hogmoor. Moor Copse is a peaceful woodland and fields with the Pang running through. It is cared for by volunteers of the BBOW Trust. GR .
Thu 10 Aug
1030
5miles Joan Wheeler The joys of Little Marlow and Spade Oak – woods, wheat fields, long views, a pond and Thames walk. Just one long ascent but not steep. Start from free car park in Spade Oak. Go past the "Spade Oak" P.H. to just round the corner, the car park is on your left. GR .
Sun 13 Aug
1030
11+miles Paul Townson A walk from Post Box Cottage on the Ridgeway off the road from Streatley to Wantage. To Compton, East Ilsley and the Downs. GR .
Sun 13 Aug
1030
6miles Chris and Rita Bintcliffe Shinfield, the Loddon and Arborfield: taking in views of Farley Hill and south Reading, and going through former University Agriculture land. Park in Cutbush Lane near Shinfield Grange. GR .
Sun 13 Aug
1030
3/4miles Monica Hills Stroll. Stubbington Down and Hannington. Start from the car park on the left at the top of the hill, about 1.5 miles south of Kingsclere on the B3051. GR .
Wed 16 Aug
1830
3miles Ali Melabie Evening walk followed by meal. Details in diary dates.
Thu 17 Aug
0930
6miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A Jane Austen walk from Elizabeth Cader-Cuff's book, starting from Kintbury via train from Reading. This walk takes in waterside, hills and views and is likely to have been one of those taken by the young Austens. Meet at Reading Station at 0930 to get tickets for the 0948 train to Kintbury. Off peak day return with senior railcard currently £5.00.
Sun 20 Aug
1030
7miles Liz Hewitt Satwell to Stoke Row along woodland paths and returning via Kingwood Common. Fairly easy going though could be muddy in places if there has been recent rain. Verge parking in Rocky Lane, to the right off B481, just past Peppard. GR .
Thu 24 Aug
0900
Coach trip to Marlborough. Details here.
Sun 27 Aug
1030
8miles Jim Arnott A delightful walk around the borders of Upper Bucklebury, Midgham and the Slade. Start from the car park up a minor road off Broad Lane, just west of Harts Hill Road. GR .
Mon 28 Aug
1030
Bank Holiday Jean Hall & Monica Hills A stroll of 3 to 4 miles or a walk of 4 to 5 miles on offer. Meet at the “Black Horse” P.H. Checkendon for a leisurely walk or stroll with either Monica or Jean and back for our usual baguette and pint at the pub. GR .
Thu 31 Aug
1030
5.5miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman Cookham and Cliveden Reach. From Cookham a pleasing walk along the Thames footpath to Boulter's Lock and back via Widbrook Common. Coffee break on Ray Mill Island. Park at the west end of the Moor at Cookham. GR .
September 2017 Return to top
Sun 03 Sep
1030
9/10miles Maggie Hills Starting from Peppard Common, to Gilsmithers Wood and Drawback Hill, taking in some of Crowsley Park. Not quite a figure of eight walk and not quite going into Henley. Park on the road side 100 yards down from the "Red Lion" P.H. on the common. GR .
Sun 03 Sep
1030
5miles Jenni Aldridge Upper Basildon, Buckhold, Ashampstead Common and Quick's Green. Refreshments available at the "Red Lion" P.H. near the end of the walk. Verge park near byway (Adder's Lane) on the road south of the "Red Lion" P.H. GR .
Sun 03 Sep
1030
3/4miles Jean Hall Stroll. Meet at the car park behind the "Rowbarge" P.H., Woolhampton for a stroll along the canal and around Wasing Lakes. Postcode RG7 5SH. GR .
Thu 07 Sep
1030
5/6miles Joan Wheeler Stunning scenery through woodland tracks and meadows and the scenic Hernes Valley. Park at the National Trust car park at Greys Court. For those without National Trust permits park in Rocky Lane. GR .
Sun 10 Sep
1030
5miles Sonia Nash Roman amphitheatre and Foudry Brook, with peaceful fields and extensive views. Start from the Fairground Mortimer. GR . For those wishing to come by bus, the number 2 Mortimer bus leaves Blagrave Street at 1000 hours and St. Mary's just afterwards. I will await the arrival of the bus before commencing the walk.
Sun 10 Sep
1030
3/4miles Monica Hills Stroll. The river Enbourne and Hyde End Farm from Brimpton. Start from the "Three Horseshoes" P.H. GR .
Thu 14 Sep Walks arranged on the Isle of Wight.
Sun 17 Sep
1030
11+miles Paul Townson Up in the glorious Downs a walk from Bury Down to West Ilsley, Farnborough and the Ridgeway. Park at Bury Down on the Ridgeway (turn southwest off the A34 north of Newbury). GR .
Sun 17 Sep
1030
3/4miles Margaret Marshall Stroll. Enjoy a new to us area, starting from the centre of the village of Sherborne St. John. Drive either via A340 (past Tadley), or A33 to Sherfield on Loddon, then through Bramley and take the road left where signed The Vyne National Trust, past the property and straight to the Village Hall in the centre. GR .
Thu 21 Sep
0925
5/6miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A London walk from Highgate to Stoke Newington via the Capital Ring. This walk is essentially a parkland walk which utilises an old railway route (now a nature reserve) to Finsbury Park and then follows the New River into Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. Meet at Reading Station with an off peak senior travel card by 0925 hours. Please bring a packed lunch and be prepared for a longish day. Please phone by Tuesday 19 September to let Mike and Gloria know you are coming and if you have a senior rail card.
Sun 24 Sep
1030
10.5miles Liz Hewitt Inkpen Wild Walk. From Kintbury station across Inkpen Common Nature Reserve via West Woodhay Down and Wigmoreash pond. An up and down route with one steep climb up Inkpen Hill. Meet at Kintbury station RG17 9UT. GR . It is possible to travel by train but return trains are only every 2 hours.
Sun 24 Sep
1030
5+miles Thelma & Paul Townson A walk starting from the Post Box Cottage on the ancient Ridgeway. Off the road from Streatley to Wantage and onto Aldworth, then back along the Ridgeway for a microcosm of the English countryside. GR .
Thu 28 Sep
1030
7miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A repeat of a walk earlier this year, by popular demand, around the world famous racecourse, including this time, a close-up of the magnificent grandstand. It begins with a level walk through woods and by the Great Pond in Sunninghill Park. Bring sandwiches and park in New Mile Road. GR . Directions: Turn left a mini roundabout at end of Ascot High Street, signposted to Maidenhead and Windsor. New Mile Road is a short distance along on the right hand side.
October 2017 Return to top
Sun 01 Oct
0910
7+miles Ali Melabie All welcome to join a London walk at a leisurely pace in Whitechapel and the Wapping Dockland. This is not so much about distance as about information and a chance to learn or rediscover some of the history of this area (which inevitably includes Jack the Ripper). Meet near the ticket office to take advantage of any group travel discount and enable us to catch the 0932 to Paddington then onwards to Liverpool Street underground station.
Sun 01 Oct
1030
3/4miles Jean Hall Stroll. A walk around The Holies, followed by the option of a figure of 8 if liked, as stroll along Lough Down and Larden Chase for lovely views over the Thames Valley. Meet at the National Trust car park at the top of Streatley Hill (B4009). GR .
Thu 05 Oct
1030
6miles Joan Wheeler A flat walk, farmland Cox Green and Paley Street, with just a slight rise to cross the motorway. Meet in free parking with toilets at Ockwells Park, Cox Green. GR .
Sun 08 Oct
1030
10miles Vinny Knowles Starting from Shiplake station, a fairly easy walk along the Thames to Henley, through the town and returning via Rotherfield Greys. Meet at Shiplake station car park off the A4155, Reading to Henley Road. GR .
Sun 08 Oct
1030
4+miles Jenni Aldridge Aldworth and Streatley Warren. A walk affording sweeping views into Oxfordshire, East Ilsley and Compton. Park at Aldworth Church. GR .
Sun 08 Oct
1030
3/4miles Monica Hills Stroll. Around Arborfield and the Coombes. Start from Henry Street Garden Centre. GR .
Thu 12 Oct
1030
7miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A Basingstoke Canal walk taking in Winchfield, Dogmersfield and Odiham. It is a longish but easy canal walk through open landscape with distant views and some woodland of mature trees. Park in the car park at the end of Colt Hill, Odiham. GR . Directions: Pass the "Waterwitch" P.H. in London Road/ Colt Hill on your left and continue over the canal bridge to the end of the road into the car park on the right.
Sun 15 Oct
1000
9/10miles Jill Greenwood A good workout with ups and downs and gorgeous views for reward. Pishill, Russell's Water, Warburg Nature Reserve, Stonor and Southend with a picnic in the Nature Reserve. Start from the south end of Turville Heath. GR .
Sun 15 Oct
1030
5miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe A walk to the village of Waltham St. Lawrence and back, through open farmland and country lanes. Start from layby at Knowl Hill near the now closed "Seven Stars" P.H. GR .
Sun 15 Oct
1030
3/4miles Margaret Marshall Stroll. The walk starts near the Church on Whitchurch Hill. Some gentle downs and ups should make for a pleasant walk. Park beside the recreation ground. GR .
Thu 19 Oct
1030
4miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman Littlewick Green and Prospect Hill. A gentle ascent to enjoy the panoramic view, and beautiful autumn colours, from Prospect Hill overlooking the Thames Valley at Hurley. A picnic table provided for a civilised coffee break. Start from near the church on the far side of Littlewick Green. GR .
Sun 22 Oct
1030
10miles Paul Townson A walk from the village car park behind the "Stag & Huntsman" P.H. in Hambleden, exploring the countryside in the picturesque valley. GR .
Sun 22 Oct
1030
5miles Jill Kendal Join Jill to explore the Warburg Nature Reserve, dressed in the glorious autumn colours. Meet at the Old Pot Kiln in Nettlebed. GR .
Thu 26 Oct
1030
5miles Sonia Nash Small elevations but a moderately easy walk in peaceful countryside, along Pudding Lane and Farley Hill. Start from Henry Street Garden Centre, Arborfield where a cuppa and more can be obtained afterwards. GR .
Sun 29 Oct
1030
11miles Jim Arnott Whatever the weather you will have a stimulating downland walk with fantastic scenery starting from Watlington to Cuxham, Britwell Salome and Ewelme. Start from the car park in Watlington. GR .
Sun 29 Oct
1030
6/7miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe This is a fairly easy walk along the Northern Lanes in Warfield. Plenty of variety starting from Frost Folly and if we are lucky the pleasure of an autumn flower display along the way. Park at the Frost Folly Countryside car park, on the left hand side at the top of Wellers Lane, Warfield. GR .
November 2017 Return to top
Thu 02 Nov
1030
5miles Thelma & Paul Townson A walk from Finchampstead Church to the Ridges and Blackwater Valley Path. Refreshment available in the "Queen's Oak" P.H. afterwards. Park near the Church. GR .
Sun 05 Nov
1030
10miles Ali Melabie Starting from Checkendon Church, a bracing jaunt through woods and farms in this pretty part of the country. Park near the Church, being aware of churchgoers if there is a service that morning. GR .
Sun 05 Nov
1030
4miles Derek Johnson From Peppard Common a gentle down and up to Rotherfield Greys with no stiles. Start 200 yards beyond the "Red Lion" P.H. just off the B481 at Peppard Common. GR .
Thu 09 Nov
1030
5miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe North of Stoke Row, come and explore delightful wood and vale, in and around the Chilterns escarpment. Park opposite the Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
10miles Vinny Knowles A stimulating walk on a day in late autumn, with ups and downs in the Chiltern Hills and stunning views. Meet in the Watlington Hill car park, Christmas Common. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
5miles Jill Kendal Starting from Kingwood Common pace yourself on the ups and downs, through woods and commons nestling in the soon to be winter landscape. Drive through Sonning Common on the B481 towards Nettlebed: fork left at the top of Gravel Hill along the Stoke Row Road. Park in an open area on the right after passing the turning called Lime Avenue. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
3/4miles Monica Hills Stroll. Autumn in the Hambleden Valley. Park and start from Mill End car park on the road to Hambleden off the A4155. GR .
Thu 16 Nov
1030
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A walk through the green lanes of Waltham St Lawrence and the hamlet of West End and into Shottesbrooke Park. Start from Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church. GR .
Sun 19 Nov
1030
10/11miles Marian Waters A varied walk from Bramshill plantation taking in the paths and byways south of Swallowfield and along the Blackwater river. Park at the car park along the Bramshill road. GR .
Sun 19 Nov
1030
4miles Jenni Aldridge Midgham Park and Carbins Wood with far reaching views across the Kennet Valley. Off road parking area on Lower Common about 1 mile northeast of Upper Bucklebury. GR .
Thu 23 Nov
1030
5/6miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe Leave Stoke Row southwards for luscious woodland, around the old Borough Court Hospital site, in the Chilterns. Meet opposite the Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row. GR .
Sat 25 Nov Area AGM, see newsletter for details.
Sun 26 Nov
1030
9/10miles Paul Townson A late Autumn walk in the Chilterns, to blow away the cobwebs. Start from the Old Kiln at Nettlebed. GR .
Sun 26 Nov
1030
5miles Sonia Nash From Farley Hill, Chill Hill and Jouldings Farm, with glimpses of the river Blackwater on the Berks, Hants border. Start from the entrance to King George's Field, Castle Road, Farley Hill, RG7 1UB. GR .
Thu 30 Nov
1030
5 miles Thelma & Paul Townson A Christmas tree walk to put you in the mood for the forthcoming festivities. Park In Yattendon west of Church. GR .

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